The cancellation of Silent Hills is probably one of the biggest disappointments in gaming history. While very little was known about what the game would become, the star power of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro working together on a Silent Hill title featuring Norman Reedus gave many gamers hope that the franchise would be restored to its former glory.
Sadly, Silent Hills will never see the light of day due to the sudden split between Kojima and Konami. However, there still might be some horror game magic to be made, as a recent interview has shown that Kojima and Del Toro still intend to work together.
Del Toro has previously noted that he greatly enjoyed working with Hideo Kojima, and that “…[Kojima] knows he would be the only guy I would follow to the ends of the earth on anything.” Fittingly, according to a recent interview with IGN, Del Toro has declared that he still intends to work on a new project with Hideo Kojima, but it won’t be Silent Hills. Del Toro also noted that while Silent Hills was only in the planning stages of development, it would have featured a lot of the mind-warping moments Kojima is known for:
“We were talking about really pushing the boundaries of the new consoles, and making the game really mess with your head. One of the great moments in Metal Gear was Psycho Mantis. The idea that a game can actually interact with you, and stuff like that.”
Part of the hype that the P.T. demo for Silent Hills created was the idea that new life could be brought to the franchise. Between lackluster sequels and an embarassing attempt at a HD remaster of Silent Hill 2 and 3, the once-terrifying series has struggled recently. While an independent project won’t bring back Silent Hill‘s former glory, it’d be great to see a similarly creepy game produced by these two brilliant writers. In the meantime, other creepy games like Allison Road have picked up the torch to try and bring a Silent Hills-esque experience to life.
There’s no doubt about it: many survival-horror fans would have liked to have seen Silent Hills brought to life. The P.T. demo was unique, clever, and terrifying, and the split between Kojima and Konami couldn’t have come at a worse time. Sadly, there’s nothing to be done about it now, except to look forward to whatever creepy game Del Toro and Kojima will produce next.